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Using Break Link to Style

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I have my roux_catalog file open from the Exercise folder, and I'm going to jump to the previous spread by pressing Option+Page Up or Alt+Page Up on Windows. That takes me to the cover of this catalog, and I can see that the text in the upper-right corner of this page is almost like a logo. It's text, but it has formatting applied to it that does not appear anywhere else in this document. And if this formatting doesn't show up anywhere else, does this text need to have a paragraph style applied to it? Probably not. Well, I suppose if you're going to repurpose your document for EPUB or you're doing XML with dynamically changing text, I can perhaps see the value of ensuring everything has a style.

Using Break Link to Style

I have my roux_catalog file open from the Exercise folder, and I'm going to jump to the previous spread by pressing Option+Page Up or Alt+Page Up on Windows. That takes me to the cover of this catalog, and I can see that the text in the upper-right corner of this page is almost like a logo. It's text, but it has formatting applied to it that does not appear anywhere else in this document. And if this formatting doesn't show up anywhere else, does this text need to have a paragraph style applied to it? Probably not. Well, I suppose if you're going to repurpose your document for EPUB or you're doing XML with dynamically changing text, I can perhaps see the value of ensuring everything has a style.

But for many, and perhaps most documents, text like this does not need to have a paragraph style applied to it. In fact, using styles for this kind of text can even cause problems down the line. For example, if I switch to the Type Tool by pressing the letter T and then click inside that text, it places the cursor right inside that paragraph. And if I open the Paragraph Styles panel, I can see that this paragraph has the Basic Paragraph style applied to it. If I hover over that style, I can see that there are a lot of overrides, otherwise known as Local Formatting, on top of the Basic Paragraph.

Well, that's fine and it should work out okay, but what happens if down the road I hand this document to somebody else and they decide to change the definition of the Basic Paragraph style? They may not even know that this has been applied to the text anywhere in the document. That certainly doesn't look like normal Basic Paragraph style. So, if they come in here and edit this, I just right-clicked on that or Ctrl+clicked with a one-button mouse, and choose Edit, and then they came in here and, let's say, changed the style from Regular to Bold.

Well, if they do that, then all of a sudden that text goes haywire. Not only does it gets bold, but it becomes overset. It can't fit inside that frame. So, that's a disaster. We don't want that kind of thing happening. Let me undo that with the Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on Windows. So, what do I do? Well, I've got a couple of options. First, I could create a new paragraph style just for this text. But like I said, this formatting doesn't show up any place else in this document, so I really don't need a paragraph style. So the second option is to break the link from the style.

To do that, I'm going to go to the Paragraph Styles Panel menu, and I'm going to choose Break Link to Style. Now, there is no connection between that paragraph and any paragraph style. In fact, if you look in the upper-left corner of the Paragraph Styles Panel, it says that no style is applied to this paragraph. That's just the way I want it. In fact, I'm also going to do the same thing to this ampersand character. That's actually in a separate text frame. I'll click next to it, and then go to the Panel Menu, and choose Break Link to Style.

Now, I want to be clear here. I think that No Style should be the rare exception, not the rule. In most cases, it's best to use Paragraph Styles, but the occasional use of the Break Link to Style feature can actually save you from problems that could otherwise later pop up.

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InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials

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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      45s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
  2. 25m 17s
    1. Managing more than one document window
      5m 1s
    2. Positioning your panels
      5m 23s
    3. Setting up Mini Bridge
      3m 31s
    4. Saving a workspace
      3m 12s
    5. Displaying a new window or split screen
      5m 16s
    6. Rotating pages and spreads
      2m 54s
  3. 21m 48s
    1. Setting application and document preferences
      8m 54s
    2. Learning and editing keyboard shortcuts
      9m 23s
    3. Customizing InDesign menus
      3m 31s
  4. 33m 29s
    1. Parent/child master pages
      6m 26s
    2. Starting a document on a left page
      4m 0s
    3. Adding alternate layouts
      7m 34s
    4. Saving objects in libraries
      8m 46s
    5. Exporting and importing page snippets
      6m 43s
  5. 55m 37s
    1. Filling with placeholder text
      5m 35s
    2. Tracking text changes
      9m 12s
    3. Choosing other languages
      5m 45s
    4. Adjusting text hyphenation and justification
      9m 5s
    5. Adding hanging punctuation with Optical Margin Alignment
      5m 40s
    6. Controlling orphans and widows with Keep Options
      5m 41s
    7. Aligning to a baseline grid
      9m 1s
    8. Setting vertical justification and first baseline position
      5m 38s
  6. 26m 45s
    1. Applying styles automatically with nested and line styles
      7m 39s
    2. The basics of GREP styles
      5m 24s
    3. Using Break Link to Style
      3m 5s
    4. Exploring style groups
      10m 37s
  7. 33m 44s
    1. Including footnotes
      6m 21s
    2. Working with cross-references
      7m 41s
    3. Indexing a document
      12m 58s
    4. Exploring conditional text
      6m 44s
  8. 32m 6s
    1. Importing InDesign files
      4m 26s
    2. Advanced Links panel features
      8m 54s
    3. Embedding links
      3m 31s
    4. Adding live and static captions
      8m 1s
    5. Turning image layers on and off
      7m 14s
  9. 25m 35s
    1. Using advanced strokes
      9m 6s
    2. Using Pathfinder and compound paths
      8m 47s
    3. Using InDesign and Illustrator together
      7m 42s
  10. 35m 25s
    1. Power scaling techniques
      12m 12s
    2. Making grids
      8m 2s
    3. Power spacing
      3m 4s
    4. Making objects nonprinting
      4m 28s
    5. Default graphics and text frame styles
      7m 39s
  11. 20m 48s
    1. Building tint swatches
      4m 5s
    2. Mixed ink colors
      7m 35s
    3. Taking advantage of ink aliasing
      5m 15s
    4. Checking color with Separations Preview
      3m 53s
  12. 1m 35s
    1. Going ever deeper with InDesign
      1m 35s

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